verb (used with object), criminalized, criminalizing.
to make punishable as a crime: To reduce the graffiti on subway cars, he wants to criminalize the selling of spray paint to minors.
to make a criminal of: Drug use has criminalized him.
Also, especially British, criminalise.

1955–60; criminal + -ize

criminalization, noun
recriminalization, noun
recriminalize, verb (used with object), recriminalized, recriminalizing. Unabridged
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criminalize or criminalise (ˈkrɪmɪnəˌlaɪz)
1.  to make (an action or activity) criminal
2.  to treat (a person) as a criminal
criminalise or criminalise
criminali'zation or criminalise
criminali'sation or criminalise

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Example sentences
However, it would become unreasonable to then try to criminalize those who do
  not act in this way.
It may criminalize extortion threats and conspiratorial agreements.
To criminalize command decisions in a theater of complex combat operations is a
  grave step indeed.
The statute does not criminalize threats of violence.
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